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Lyngdoh gets many suggestions

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY higher education, Rajeev Kumar informed the Lyngdoh committee that though there is a restriction on student leaders not to exceed Rs 10,000 in the students union poll, there is no mechanism to check whether student leaders actually adhere to it or not.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 00:19 IST

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY higher education, Rajeev Kumar informed the Lyngdoh committee that though there is a restriction on student leaders not to exceed Rs 10,000 in the students union poll, there is no mechanism to check whether student leaders actually adhere to it or not.

Kumar said in the state universities, direct elections are held and there is neither any age limit nor any minimum criteria for the candidates contesting the election.

The Lyngdoh Committee formed in pursuant to the order of Apex Court under the chairmanship of JM Lyngdoh, former chief election commissioner as how to bring in reforms in the student union elections at universities and degree colleges. The committee which is in the State Capital is interacting with student leaders, representative of universities and government and discussed as how student politics be kept away criminalisation.

Some of the degree college principals suggested that there be an independent regulatory body like Lok Aayukt to monitor the students’ union poll and ensure that student leaders adhere to the ceiling of Rs 10,000 in campaigning. And those flouting the same be debarred from contesting the election. LU Pro V-C RS Yadav voiced for indirect election and recommended for the representation of meritorious students who should form an electoral college.

The student leaders suggested that putting a ban on the union election is no solution. Similarly putting age limit for a candidate to contest election is an absurd thing to do. They suggested the committee rather fix seven to eight academic year for a student to contest the election after seeking admission at universities or degree colleges. LUSU president Bajrangi Singh Bajju suggested that there is no need to prepare any code of conduct as already election code of conduct is there.

He argued what is important is its compliance as mere formulation of rules and regulations will not serve the purpose. According to LUSU president, it is the small-time student leaders or the non-serious students who tarnish the image of student leaders by resorting to extortion, etc. The committee primarily seeks to examine criminalisation in students’ union, financial transparency and limits of expenditure in the conduct of such elections and eligibility criteria for candidate seeking to contest such elections.

It was also suggested that participation in the students’ union poll be made compulsory so that there is a decent representation of the students. Student Federation of India advocated for transparent accountable system while student leaders of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad argued that minimum merit be made a criteria for the poll. Rakesh Chandra, a reader of Philosophy department, LU suggested that a foundation course on student leadership be introduced.

The committee has already interacted with different bodies at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The committee would submit its recommendations to the Apex Court by May 15.